Hankook to build new global R&D centre
Tyre manufacturer Hankook has unveiled plans for the construction of the company’s new central R&D facility in Korea. The centre, covering the total area of around 100,000 m², will be located at Daedeok Innopolis, South Korea’s premier research complex located in Daejeon, about 150 km south of Seoul. The construction of the new facility is projected to be completed by the end of 2015.
Hyun Bum Cho, president and chief marketing and corporate management officer at Hankook Tire said: “Upon completion of the new R&D facility, Hankook will be able to further strengthen research capabilities to develop cutting-edge tyre technology. The new R&D center will enable us to accelerate the introduction of new tyres with even more advanced features, fulfilling our customers demand for premium quality products.”
Hankook has partnered architects Foster+Partners, who will work on the architecture and interior design of the building. On 7 January, Hankook Tire and Foster+Partners held a signing ceremony in Daejeon, Korea, in commemoration of the new partnership for this project. The firm, founded by the distinguished British star architect Sir Norman Foster, is famous for its high-tech, future-oriented architectural designs and has undertaken various important international large-scale projects, such as the Millennium Bridge and new Wembley Stadium in London, the Reichstag dome in Berlin, the Hong-Kong and Beijing airports as well as the New York Hearst Tower.